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More Resources for a Pesticide-Free Lawn

Did You Know That:

  •  If a lawn product lists an EPA registration number, then it contains toxic ingredients.
  •  According to the EPA, many inert ingredients are also toxic.
  •  Pesticides are mixed with fertilizer in products called weed and feed.
  •  State law prohibits the use of carcinogenic pesticides in Massachusetts schools.
  •  The province of Quebec and over 70 municipalities in Canada, including Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver, have banned cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns.
  •  Pesticides can persist in lawns and soil longer than the posted 24-72 hours.
  •  Many garden centers now carry some organic products - just ask. The more demand from you, the better the selection will be.

For More Information....

Overview and fact sheets on pesticide hazards and alternatives:
 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/about/index.htm
 http://npic.orst.edu/npicfact.htm
 www.pesticide.org/factsheets.html
Pesticides and Playing Fields
Organic Fertilizer Fact Sheet 

To look up health effects of a pesticide:
 http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Search_Chemicals.jsp

To find an organic landscaper in your community:
 www.organiclandcare.net

For courses, demonstration sites, and other resources:
Lawns and Landscapes/MassGov/EEA 
LawnAlternatives
GrassrootsEnvironmentalEducation
HealthyLawnsforHealthyFamilies